Hot! Fabric Swatch Notebook Printable

Preparing for my new year's resolution to get more organized, I created a simple PDF that I can print and use to keep track of my stash of fabric. While the idea of a fabric swatchbook isn't anything new, I couldn't find a template that had all the fields I wanted. Once a sheet it completed, I can keep my swatch library in a three-ring binder and easily browse my fabric. 

And guess what? I'm providing the template for all of you to use. Download Fabric Swatch printable and get organized!

Some tips

  • Use double-sided tape to adhere the fabric
  • Print on cardstock
  • Don't force yourself to fill out fields you don't particularly care about. You want to feel motivated to keep the swatch library — not burdened.
  • If you're doing your whole stash at once, try to think of groupings that will make your library more efficient. Consider, fabric type, era, color and print as possible sub-categories.

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Author

Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.

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  1. Oh, why haven’t I thought of something simple like that! What a brilliant idea. I need to do that ASAP!!

  2. Ooh! I’ll bet I can convince my mom to set me up a big blank binder of these as a Christmas present! Thanks Mena!

  3. This is amazing! You’ve just gave me the tools I wanted for so long! Allthough I might be making one in Dutch since that’s my mothertongue :)

  4. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. this is a great idea – I might use it not so much to keep track of my fabric stash, but to have a library of different fabric swatches so I can get a feel of what fabrics are what.

  6. Ah, your sheets look fab! Imade my own a while back – but there still not quite right (may have to take inspiration from yours LOL – love the “No longer in stash” tick-box – v. good idea!). :)

  7. What a fab idea! Something I absolutely need to get done.

  8. Love this! Will definitely be on my to do list for over Christmas break.

  9. This is fantastic! Recently started doing something like this but it was way less sophisticated. I relied on index cards… definitely not as pretty. Might have to switch! Thank-you!

  10. You’re totally bringing back memories of my Textile Science class in college. We had to make a scrap book of swatches and identify exactly what they were made up of, processes, etc. At the time it was horrible, but I’m glad to have the knowledge now!

  11. Pretty! At the risk of sounding too much like a hoarder, I would feel like I was “wasting” that little square. I know, freak. But I quilt in addition to sewing clothes, so, yeah. I guess I could always use the swatches for scrappy blocks when done, though.
    And continuing in the “I’m a freak” vein, I can totally see myself doing this (because I enjoy meticulous tasks like cataloging my entire fabric stash)… and then identifying the piece I want to use in my notebook, and then not being able to find it in my stash.

  12. I love the categories of data you’ve provided! However, I keep my fabric swatch catalog in Evernote, so I can access it when I’m at the fabric store mulling over things (and it’s in multiple places so I don’t have to worry about losing the binder). I snap a photo of the fabric with my iPhone, which makes it even easier to compile.

  13. margueritedesigns

    Great idea – will do!

  14. Quilting Daily also offers a free Fabric Stash Book download that you can attach to a keychain and take with you to the fabric store: http://www.quiltingdaily.com/media/p/21413.aspx

  15. This is just too gorgeous and way too darling not to use! Thanks Mena! Fabulous!

  16. Mena ,
    wonderful. Thankyou for sharing.

  17. This is pure genius! I was just thinking the other day that I really need to catalog my stash …

  18. OMG what a genius idea, thank you, just what I need!

  19. This is awesome! I just printed a bunch while at work. :)

  20. When you keep “finding” back fabric you’ve forgotten about, it’s time to get organised! I’ve just printed a few *cough15cough* pages of this – not sure if it’d be enough.